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School Dance


Action/Adventure Theater Southeast
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 9 2017


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Action/Adventure Theatre’s youthful, charming productions are a true delight for a jaded theater critic, but their serialized format can be a nonstarter for the lazy. Well, I have good news! The company’s latest show, School Dance, is 70 minutes of one-off glee, and the constraints of that brief runtime seem to compress everything good about a typical Action/Adventure show into a neat arc of adolescent joy and despair. As the company’s “first foray into creating work for both adults and teenagers,” it more than holds together. And as a play about (SURPRISE!) a school dance, and uncool kids who feel invisible, it’s sensitive and relatable. It’s also full of jaunty performances: Noelle Eaton shows some real comedic chops; and Pat Moran, Samson Syharath, and Jon Gennari make for a scrappy, likeable trio of nerds. I can tell you that as a grown-ass lady who subscribes to Teen Vogue, I didn’t get bored once. And the tech-savvy young people next to me seemed entertained too. What a time to be alive. MEGAN BURBANK

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  • Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 9 2017